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Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale... Show more »
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale of Babe Ruth to the New York club. But the fortunes of the franchise changed in stunning fashion in 2004. Again facing the Yankees in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the first three games, losing Game 3 at Fenway 19-8. But in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dave Roberts stole second base off closer Mariano Rivera, then scored the tying run. David Ortiz got the first of two straight walk-off hits in the 12th inning with a two-run homer. He repeated the feat later that same day in Game 5 with a single in the 14th inning. In Game 6, Curt Schilling pitched with a sutured right ankle, blood oozing through his sock, but earned the victory, forcing a Game 7 that the Red Sox won easily. It was the first time in baseball history a team won a series after trailing 0-3. The Red Sox then swept St. Louis in the World Series, its first title in 86 years. The Red Sox would win again in 2007, recovering from a 3-1 deficit to Cleveland in the ALCS, then sweeping Colorado for the title. « Show less

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  • Wandering Eye: A local sex shop takes on '50 Shades of Grey,' remembering Babe Ruth's local roots, and more

    Wandering Eye: A local sex shop takes on '50 Shades of Grey,' remembering Babe Ruth's local roots, and more
    A brand-new Johns Hopkins University-led study published in Plos One has found that mice inhaling electronic-cigarette vapor on a human scale, from the types of e-cigs widely available at convenience stores, showed an increased risk of viral and bacterial lung infections. The study has prompted alarmist  headlines, but a Plos One commenter, Niall O'Byrne, detects in the study a "bias against e-cigarettes" and points out that "a robust study" would have presented "a direct comparison with the effects of cigarette smoking" on mice, so as to get a sense of the relative risk, in light of the prominent use of e-cigs as a smoking-cessation device. (Disclosure: this writer quit smoking with e-cigs, and hasn't smoked a cigarette in 10 months after more than 30 years of heavy smoking.) Prominent public-health and anti-smoking researcher Michael Siegel of Boston University also criticized the study on his blog, writing of "the dangers of extrapolating from mice" to humans by noting "a nearly identical study which found that mice treated with aspirin exhibit impaired clearance of bacteria from their lungs." He adds that "the only existing clinical evidence" from studying humans "is that switching from smoking to e-cigarettes can actually reverse one form of obstructive airways disease," asthma, and that all the Hopkins study "really demonstrated was something we already knew: that e-cigarette aerosol can cause respiratory irritation." On the up side, the Hopkins researchers also found that the vapors contain about 1 percent of the cell-damaging toxins found in cigarette smoke, yet spun this finding as a bad thing. (Van Smith)
  • The Undercard: Et Tu Duquette?

    Manager Buck Showalter and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette had barely finished collecting the accolades and hardware awarded to them for the brilliant 2014 Orioles season before they were under fire from Baltimore’s...

    Best Surprise Oriole

    OK, it’s not really a surprise that Darren O’Day is pitching well. But holy shit,a sub-1.00 ERA through the middle of August is fucking bonkers. Middle relievers rarely get all the credit, but O’Day has been crucial in the Orioles’...

    The Orioles will be fine without Chris Davis

    The Orioles will be fine without Chris Davis
    Today it was announced that Orioles first baseman Chris Davis would serve a 25-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamines. The suspension would extend into the posteason, which the Orioles figure to be a big part of as they march toward an...

    Why not again?

    It was one year ago today Baltimore Orioles fans and local media outlets were starting to recognize that there was something special about last year's team. The day before, on May 6, 2012 the Orioles outlasted the Boston Red Sox in a grueling 17-inning,...